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January 26, 2007


Beth: the Salon article link takes you to the Trib Shafak review, FYI...

I'm pleased to hear that Persepolis has been animated: I think it's brilliant. I was in our local Iranian hole-in-the-wall on Thursday, musing with the owner about things, one of which was the appalling commentary by ABC during the Iran-Mexico match during the World Cup, showing a total ignorance of just about everything (not just the soccer, which is a given).

Beth, thanks for mentioning the Satrapi amimated film. I certainly will see it as soon as it comes round here. I'd heard that it was going to be made but didn't realise it was so far advanced. I love Marjane Satrapi's work feel a strong kinship with her and have all her books, including the latest "Chicken with plums" which is wonderful.

I heard a small jewel of a radio programme last night: Orhan Pamuk's translator Maureen Freely interviewing Pamuk, Elif Shafak and others about the effect of extreme nationalism on the Turkish language - mind-boggling; I had no idea. It at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/sundayfeature/pip/z0lvz/ and will be on line for bbc radio's usual seven days from date of transmission, 28 January.

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  • In the Iliad, she is described as the loveliest of the daughters of Priam (King of Troy), and gifted with prophecy. The god Apollo loved her, but she spurned him. As a punishment, he decreed that no one would ever believe her. So when she told her fellow Trojans that the Greeks were hiding inside the wooden horse...well, you know what happened.